January 19, 2018 / 7:19 PM / in 5 months

U.S. trying to form 'alternative bodies of authority' in Syria: Russia's Lavrov

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the United States, despite denying setting up local forces in northern Syria, is trying to form “alternative bodies of authority” that contradict a commitment to Syrian territorial integrity.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New York, U.S., January 19, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

“The U.S. are trying to form ... alternative bodies of authority on vast ... parts of the Syrian territory,” Lavrov, speaking through an interpreter, said in a news conference at the United Nations.

“That is a fact and that does contradict their own obligations ... to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria.”

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by David Alexander

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